Dogs Trust, the UK’s largest dog welfare charity is opposed to any relaxation of the current tail docking legislation in Scotland. We believe that puppies suffer unnecessary pain as a result of docking and are deprived of a vital form of canine expression.

Dogs Trust has grave reservations regarding the upcoming Scottish Government consultation. We will continue to stand up for spaniels and hunt point retriever puppies, as from a welfare and ethical perspective, we would question whether the reduction in possible injury risk justifies the pain involved with tail docking.

We are calling on all animal lovers to make their views heard by responding to the consultation which closes on 3rd May 2016.